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Performer: Replacement for Jiří Bělohlávek

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Dvořák’s Requiem at the Barbican

Jiří Bělohlávek © Lloyd Smith
The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus grow in stature through an evening which provides a good introduction to the virtues of Dvořák’s seldom-played large scale choral work.
***11
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A scintillating meeting of Old and New Worlds

Joshua Bell © Erik Kabik
American violinist Joshua Bell updates a tradition with class and panache in the Czech Philharmonic's season opener.
****1
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A star turn in a drab surrounding

Karita Mattila (Emilia Marty/ Elina Makropulos) © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Karita Mattila produces a star turn in the title role, but a pure concert staging does little to bring out the cleverness of the libretto of Janáček’s Makropulos Case.
***11
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SF Opera's Jenufa glows with radiant performances

Malin Byström (Jenůfa) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
Remarkable performances from Karita Mattila and Malin Byström head this strong production of Janáček’s Jenůfa at San Francisco Opera. 
*****
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Mattila delivers powerful Kostelnička in Jenůfa

Karita Mattila (Kostelnička) © Petr Kadlec
It's not for nothing that Janáček's opera is properly titled Její pastorkyňa (Her Stepdaughter). Karita Mattila's Kostelnička was at the centre of a powerful concert performance of Jenůfa.
****1
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